Afghan neighbors discuss situation


The session, chaired by Pakistan’s Muhammad Sadiq was attended by China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday hosted a virtual meeting of Special Representatives/Envoys of neighbors of Afghanistan including the Islamic Republic of Iran, a foreign ministry statement said.

“Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq, chaired the session. China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated,” it said.

It added during the meeting, views were exchanged on the latest situation in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Sadiq, welcoming his counterparts, highlighted the importance of evolving a regional approach to address common challenges and to realize the new opportunities arising from a stable Afghanistan.

He added that a prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan would provide impetus to economic integration, strong people-to-people linkages, enhanced trade and regional connectivity.

The Special Representatives/Envoys of neighbours of Afghanistan agreed to remain in close contact.

Mohammad Sadiq in a tweet said colleagues from Iran, China, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan were unanimous that peace in Afghanistan is vital for security, stability and prosperity of the
entire region.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi has recently held a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian and exchanged views in detail about the latest developments in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister also visited Iran on September 25 where he met with President Ebrahim Raisi and the Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian to discuss regional developments in Afghanistan and
strengthen bilateral relations.